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<p align=Beth Tweddle

Age: 27

Skating with: Dan Whiston.

Most famous for: Tweddle has been called Britain's most successful gymnast. She recently added a bronze in the uneven bars at London 2012 to her tally.

Tweddle has a fear of "being the first celebrity to get voted off".

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The stars of Dancing On Ice are taking the show to the road, after the official tour hit the skids.

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Google Doodle celebrates the 112th birthday of Frank Zamboni, the man who invented the ice resurfacing machine

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<p align=Anthea Turner

Age: 52

Skating with: Andrew Buchanan.

Most famous for: Former GMTV, National Lottery and Blue Peter presenter whose image was tarnished when she promoted a chocolate bar at her wedding to second husband Grant Bovey.

Turner, nicknamed Princess Tippy Toes, said: "I have got a massive (bruise) on my bum and some on my legs from the lifts!"

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Anthea Turner suffers rib injury during Dancing on Ice training

Dancing On Ice star Anthea Turner is recovering after hurting a rib during training for the ITV show.

<p align=Lauren Goodger

Age: 26

Skating with: Michael Zenezini.

Most famous for: Shooting to fame on The Only Way Is Essex and her on-off relationship with co-star Mark Wright.

Goodger has managed to only "fall over a couple of times" and fears the "pressure" of skating in the live shows.

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Dancing on Ice: Towie's Lauren Goodger gets her skates off

Lauren Goodger from The Only Way Is Essex became the second celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing on Ice.

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I was not, by any measure, an athletic child. My tiny stick legs never moved quite fast enough, and my hand-eye coordination bordered on non-existent. Despite my parents' noble attempts to engage my inner athlete, signing me up for everything from softball to tennis lessons, I showed neither athletic interest nor potential. At 10, I found myself coordinating dance routines on the football field with the similarly indifferent centre-fielder.

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